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The Last of the Mohicans (Leatherstocking Tale) [Paperback]

James Fenimore Cooper , Richard Slotkin
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Book Description

July 1, 1986 0140390243 978-0140390247 Reprint

Cooper's most enduringly popular novel combines heroism and romance with powerful criticism of the destruction of nature and tradition.

Set against the French and Indian siege of Fort William Henry in 1757, The Last of the Mohicans recounts the story of two sisters, Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of the English commander, who are struggling to be reunited with their father. They are aided in their perilous journey by Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his companions Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. But their lives are endangered by the Mangua, the savage Indian traitor who captures the sisters, wanting Cora to be his squaw.

In setting Indian against Indian and the brutal society of the white man against the civilization of the Mohican, Cooper, more than any author before or since, shaped the American sense of itself as a nation.

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Editorial Reviews


"I think these World's Classics editions are really fine. The notes are meaningful and very useful to students, yet the way they are indicated in the text is not intrusive. Great job!."--Grace Epstein, Stephens College

"[An] excellent inexpensive paperback edition. Much better quality than equivilant volumes. The explanatory notes are a valuable addition."--Jeff Cupp, Troy State University

"'Historical Contexts' concise yet thorough. Apparatus generally very satisfying in its relevance and thoroughness."--Fred R. McFadden, Coppin State College

"At last, a paperback book under $4.00! this edition is indeed a "World Classic."--Paul Putt, Lee College

"Introductory material and historical notes are helpful." --Dr. Judy L. Martin, Missouri Western State College

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2, MacIntosh PPC OS 8.1 or higher, and Linux with Windows Emulation.

Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.

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If your CD does not have the electronic voice in it (must be version 4.10 or higher) you can download a free update from Quiet Vision. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Leatherstocking Tale
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (July 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140390243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140390247
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential early American novel October 5, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans" (subtitled "A Narrative of 1757"), is a remarkable book for many reasons. First published in 1826, the book represents an early attempt to create substantial literary art from the material of North American history and geography. Although the book has its flaws, it is for the most part a success.
In the novel, the white woodsman Hawk-eye and his Mohican Indian comrade Chingachgook join forces to help the daughters of a white military officer through hostile territory. The story takes place in a colonial American setting marked by conflict between French and English forces -- a conflict that also involves various Indian nations.
There are a number of exciting (and often graphically violent) scenes of battle and chase. Hawk-eye, a white man who, to a large degree, rejects European-American values, is a fascinating figure -- indeed, he is one of the most enduring fictional creations in all of United States literature. Through the mouths of Hawk-eye and the various Indian characters, Cooper offers some intriguing criticisms of white culture.
As I said, the book is not without flaws. The momentum of the book lags for a brief stretch, and some of Cooper's characters (in particular, his women) at times sound a bit stereotypical. But the overall power and intelligence of Cooper's work is undeniable. Particularly impressive is his re-creation of a multilingual world of complex cultural and personal conflict. Also noteworthy is his evocation of the American landscape. A tale of death and survival, of betrayal and loyalty, and, above all, of the extraordinary bond between a white man and an Indian, "The Last of the Mohicans" is one classic that deserves to be read and reevaluated by each generation.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Voice of the Wilderness March 11, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like the Star Wars movies, Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales were written out of sequence. In their chronological order, with their order of publication in parentheses, they are: The Deerslayer (5), The Last of the Mohicans (2), The Pathfinder (4), The Pioneers (1) and The Prairie (3). So if you want to read them in either chronological or published order, you should read Mohicans second. But each novel is self-contained, so if you want to try just one, to decide if the rest are worth reading, then Mohicans is the one to start with, as it is his most famous work and generally acknowledged to be his best.

The hero of these tales, the improbably named Nathaniel Bumppo (or Natty, or Deerslayer, or Hawkeye, or The Long Rifle, or...etc, etc) was the first, and remains the quintessential, all-American fictional hero; brave, noble, honest and more at home in the wilderness than the town. He is not however, the strong, silent type. He has a habit of launching into long, rambling streams of homespun philosophy at the drop of a coonskin cap. Never mind that lead shot is flying thick and fast around his ears, he will lean on his rifle and expound on the different natures of Indians and whites, or the evils of literacy.

The plot of Mohicans is action-packed, but is linear - no surprise twists, and no sub-plots - and contains some highly improbable elements. Well, would you be fooled by an enemy disguised as a beaver? Michael Mann's excellent 1992 screen version reworked the plot extensively, to its advantage.

Cooper was the first distinctively American novelist and was inspired by Walter Scott, the inventor of the historical novel. He was consciously attempting to emulate Scott but, although he writes quite well, he lacks Scott's lyricism.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a piece of history February 17, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought that this was an excellent study of the European-Indian relationships and intertribal relationships among the Americam Indians. There are some gruesome scenes; I feel it is probably a fairly accurate account of practices at that time amongst those tribes. At times the narrative gets wordy because of the details of the history and traditions. I can't believe this book was taught in the 5-8 grades in this country 30 years ago. I don't think the majority of 12th graders could read this book with ease.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed But Still a Classic December 10, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in upstate New York in colonial times, Cooper here tells the story of the stolid colonial scout Hawkeye, nee Natty Bumppo (don't ask), who, with his two Indian companions Chingachgook (the Big Snake) and his son Uncas (apparently newly come to manhood), stumble on a party of British soldiers conducting two fair maidens to their father, the commander of British Fort William Henry during the French and Indian War. Under the watchful eyes of the young British officer who has the girls in his charge and led by a Huron scout, Magua, the party appears, to the indomitable Hawkeye, to be at greater risk than they realize as they trek through the wilderness toward the safety of the girls' father's garrison. And, indeed, Hawkeye's judgement is soon proved right as the scout Magua treacherously betrays the hapless girls in repayment, it seems, for a stint of corporal punishment inflicted on him previously by their absent parent. Since the Hurons, Magua's native tribe, are culturally akin to the Iroquois who are the herditary enemies of the Algonquin Delawares, from whom Chingachgook and his son hail and among whom Hawkeye has made his home and friendships, a natural antagonism has arisen almost at once between Hawkeye's party and the Huron and this proves salutary, when danger finally strikes. The tale quickly becomes a matter of flight and pursuit through thickly overgrown primeval forests, over rough mountains and across broad open lakes as the beleagured travelers first elude and then flee the dreaded Iroquois (allies of the French) who have joined the renegade Huron in an effort to seize the two girls. After a brief respite within the safety of William Henry however, the tables are once again turned as Magua's perfidy puts the girls once more at risk. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars the last of the mohicans
kind of a hard read
Published 3 days ago by dhannon
3.0 out of 5 stars Alan's Rating; at 3star versus a 4star
Great vocabulary enhancer rating between a 4-5 star; However, unnecessary use of a large number of words (circumlocution) to
express an idea made it a slow read; therefore... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful classic.
Definitely a classic adventure worth reading. It is a great depiction of the way things were in the wild - wild East in the late 1700's.
Published 29 days ago by Julian Moon
2.0 out of 5 stars An old classic now out of tune
An old classic now too racist and sexist to be a "classic" anymore. Used to be in the Authors card game. I imagine Cooper has been replaced in that deck. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jennie M. Ehrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars more of my youth
this book was instrumental in keeping those of us kids who would rather be out playing actually inside and reading.
Published 1 month ago by will crow
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I thought this book was hard to get into and pretty boring. I'm hoping the movie is better than the book.
Published 2 months ago by N. McKearn
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful piece of work
Difficult to adjust to the writing style? No doubt. Patience required even then? Yes. Nevertheless an artfully and skillfully accomplished novel? Absolutely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars ageless and unforgettable
Cooper gives explicit detail regarding the experience of America's transition from native to foreign hands. Read more
Published 3 months ago by c_rex
5.0 out of 5 stars great re read
Read this in high school, but did not appreciate this great book,it is not the last time I will read it .
Published 3 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great love story. Amazing how life must have been like back then. Makes me appreciate that I am living today not then.
Published 4 months ago by Mary
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